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Information for Section Leaders

The State Bar of Michigan offers a variety of support for sections, including basic financial and administrative services. Core services are provided to at no cost to sections and additional services also are available for reasonable fees. This page is your one-stop shop for section materials, resources, tools, and information. Any questions? Contact us.

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Important Dates to Remember

Section Orientation buttonSeptember/October: Submit council election results
November: Orientation
November: Complete survey sharing planned and prospective section event dates
April 1: Deadline to report any change in section dues for the next fiscal year, starting October 1
Mid-June: Attend Great Lakes Legal Conference. Scholarships are available. 
July: Submit Section Annual Report
Mid-September: Finalize fiscal year-end revenues and expenses
October: Confirm fiscal year-end revenues and expenses


Forms and Resources

SBM Services for Sections

Core financial and administrative services (no cost)

The State Bar of Michigan will segregate funds it holds on behalf of sections and retain any interest or absorb any loss on these funds in exchange for providing these services.

  • Accounting for all section revenues and expenses
  • Process section dues payments
  • Answer member dues questions
  • Monthly financial reports
  • Account reconciliation
  • Process all bills and payables
  • Process accounts receivable and past due letters
  • Provide annual external audit of section funds
  • Provide staff liaison assistance to sections
  • Maintain section council records and bylaws
  • Maintain section member database
  • Provide webpage including home page, links to section newsletters/events, and special reports
  • Basic meeting services at SBM upon request


Additional services available

Custom print & design services Get an estimate
Newsletters, brochures, materials  
Website and social media assets  
Invitations, flyers, etc.  
Postage/Mailing At Cost
Credit card processing fee 2%
Section online surveys Get an estimate
Section letterhead At Cost
Additional meeting support  
Registration and fees $25/hour
After-hours meetings at SBM $25/hour
Onsite registration support $25/hour per person
Food and meeting materials At cost
Video Conferencing Get an estimate


Policies & Compliance


Here to Help

If you have questions, comments, or need further assistance, please contact:

Jenn Hatter
SBM Lawyer Services and Outreach (LSO) Coordinator
(517) 346-6414

Darin Day
SBM Director of Outreach
(517) 346-6330